for making this annual event a success this year! Chairman
Gerry Connolly, Supervisor Penny Gross and other local
officials joined various community leaders and Providence
residents for an excellent event.
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were presented by:
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Dudley Rochester formerly of the American Lung Association
Rochester received the MD degree from Columbia University
College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1955. He served
as intern and assistant medical resident at Presbyterian
Hospital in New York 1955-58, and as research fellow
in cardio-pulmonary physiology at Bellevue Hospital
1958-60. Following active duty in the US Army Medical
Corps 1960-62, he was assistant professor of medicine
at the Columbia University at Bellevue Hospital 1962-68,
then associate professor at Harlem Hospital. In 1976
Dr. Rochester became professor of medicine and head
of the division of pulmonary medicine at the University
of Virginia. After retiring in 1994 he held numerous
volunteer positions in the American Lung Association
of Virginia, culminating in two terms as president from
2000-02. He served on the board of the Virginia Conservation
Network in 2003-2003, and helped create the Virginia
clean Air Advocates.
his clinical practice, Dr. Rochester observed the adverse
health effects of smoking cigarettes. At Harlem Hospital
he also saw patients with lung injury due to inhalation
of smoke and flames. Subsequently he became interested
in lung damage and other health effects of air pollution,
particularly ambient outdoor pollution. He is an active
advocate for clean air issues through the American Lung
Association of Virginia and the Virginia Clean Air Advocates.
Kelsey is the Founder and Vision Keeper of non-profit
EcoStewards Alliance, a leading voice in the Chesapeake
Region during the past 10 years for living more simply
and walking more lightly on the Earth. "Voluntary
simplicity" and "EcoStewardship" are
mindful choices coming from the inside out that reduce
consumption and align ourselves with nature in ways
that are beneficial to the environment. In making these
choices we can move from over consumption of the Earth's
resources to the good life. Mr.. Kelsey will discuss
the fundamental connections that the Simplicity Movement
and EcoStewardship have with a sustainable future.
River Greenways Coalition
presentation focuses on watersheds and directly aims
at answering the following questions:
What is a watershed?
Why are watersheds important to a homeowner, community
member, and Fairfax County resident?
How does the health of watersheds affect economics,
the environment, recreation and human safety?
What is the quality of watersheds in Fairfax County?
What can citizens and community associations do to protect
and restore streams in their neighborhoods?
Audubon Society will present an overview of the Audubon
at Home in Northern Virginia Program, a program that
is supported by Audubon and the USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service. This program is designed to encourage
people in their homes and communities to use environmentally
friendly practices that help to create and improve healthy
habitat for people and wildlife. We will discuss 5 topics
that are the major focus of the program and offer suggestions
for ways in which homeowners can implement bet practices
on their own properties.
Biologists - Fairfax County Police
will be presenting current wildlife issues being faced
by the county residents as well as educational information
about the counties wildlife. These include the overabundance
of deer and the deer/vehicle collisions plaguing the
county. We will also present some information on Canada
goose-human conflicts and solutions. They will have
brochures and pamphlets to hand out regarding wildlife
issues in the county.
County Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling
Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will present
the results of its effort to develop a new 20-year plan
to manage almost everything we throw away or recycle,
including yard waste, brush, household trash, recyclables,
commercial trash, industrial waste, and construction
debris. This plan, known as the Solid Waste Management
Plan, projects waste management needs for our expanding
population, while addressing regulatory requirements,
environmental quality needs and technological developments.
This presentation will include a 15-minute overview
of the draft plan and staff from the Solid Waste Management
Program will answer questions from the audience about
the approach for managing refuse and recyclables over
the next 20 years.
County Maintenance and Stormwater Management Division
and Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division (joint
exciting initiatives are taking place by the Department
of Public Works and Environmental Services - Stormwater
Planning Division and Maintenance and Stormwater Management
Division throughout the Providence District and countywide.
Learn about some of the innovative enhanced stormwater
detention facilities being implemented to manage stormwater
runoff while simultaneously improving the water quality
of our streams and how you can get more involved in
the watershed planning process.
meaning of stormwater management has evolved through
out the years in Fairfax County. Stormwater management
is the science of controlling the runoff water that
is generated by development. Although at the beginning
stormwater management focused on minimizing flooding,
now a dry stormwater management also deals with the
water quality of our runoff. Fairfax County has undertaken
a series of projects that have implemented wetland habitats
in dry ponds to try to improve the water quality of
runoff that will eventually enter the Chesapeake Bay.
County Department of Health
workshop will be a power point presentation covering
the origin of West Nile virus, signs and symptoms, life
cycle of a mosquito, breeding and biting habits, disease
transmission, national and local experiences with West
Nile virus, a review of 2003 and discussion of 2004
plans. We will speak about the need for County residents
to change some habits, be more aware of mosquito breeding
around the home, and use DEET when outdoors with the
mosquitoes. Residents will have a chance to sign-up
and become a "Mosquito Magician."
and information booths were provided by Fairfax County
Departments of Urban
Dark Sky Association, and
Also, by the Northern
Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District,
by popular demand, The
Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
had native seedling sale flyers at the Workshop.
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